Earliest Dickens Film: The Death of Poor Joe (1901)

“This recent rediscovery is believed to be the earliest surviving film inspired by the work of Charles Dickens, in this case the character of Jo the crossing sweep from ‘Bleak House’. ‘The Death of Poor Joe’ was almost certainly made by pioneer filmmaker G.A. Smith and predates his 1901 adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Scrooge, or Marley’s Ghost’.” Edwardian Era

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5 responses to “Earliest Dickens Film: The Death of Poor Joe (1901)

  1. Did they have flashlights way back then?

  2. According to Wikipedia, “The invention of the dry cell and miniature incandescent electric light bulbs made the first battery-powered flashlights possible around 1899.” Of course Dickens would have called it a ‘torch’.

  3. Very interesting film find, Cindy. Much appreciated.

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